Am I in the ballpark for clearing out this back yard?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Barrett Landscaping, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Went and looked at a potential client's place today and they wanted among other things an area of their back yard reclaimed that was a triangle of about 65' on each side and 100' for the hypotneuse. In there is a bunch of undergrowth, leaves, logs, and one 2' x 40' chunk of cherry. I'm guessing it will take the majority of the day to do and was figuring around $700 to clear it and haul it out. Does this seem like a reasonable price?

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  2. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
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    Don't know much bout no hypotenuse but I hear they are mean. What I can tell is that is a septic field so don't run it over.
     
  3. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
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    Do you have to mow it or are you just pushing it up? Don't sell yourself short if you have to haul material plus bring in machines or extra labor. That's not an acre but I'd price it a little higher so you feel better about spending more time if needed. Could get in there and find stumps or the cherry could be rotten and fall apart taking longer to clean up than if it was logs. No dump fees?
     
  4. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    That could easily be 30 yards of hauling, are you chipping at all? Leaving the standing trees correct? It would take us a full day with 3 guys plus whatever your hauling would be. For me this is 150/2k0 if i can get at it with a skid steer
     
  5. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
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    What is the sq ft or acreage? I didn't make it though geometry...
     
  6. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I will be using my vermeer mini skid to clear the heavy stuff. All of that brush for the most part are large weeds so a hedge trimmer would cut them at the bases nicely. any stumps are going to be left. He wants to have it cleared out and spread mulch chips that i can get either for free or really cheap from one of several tree companies around town. I do not have to pay dump fees as the place we get supplies from makes it into mulch.
     
  7. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    its around 1500 sqft i would guess
     
  8. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Does anyone have experience using one of those billy goat brush mowers or the like? that would reduce the big weeds nicely
     
  9. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
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    a million years ago when FIRST I started out, all I had was a DR (similar to the billy goat and the OLD SCHOOL DR at that). The DR made short work of small properties and it looked pretty good, too and allowed me to get right up to trees and obstacles where a tractor couldn't easily get.
     
  10. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    OK thats good to know. all of the junk wood there is solid enough for me to either lift it with forks on my machine or load into a bucket easily to dump.
     

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